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Trending for 2019: Giant marquee letters for weddings, quinceaneras, and events! This is the perfect way to personalize your wedding. Don't settle for the same look that everyone else has. Create a classic, timeless look by adding our 4 ft lighted marquee letters for your special day! For weddings, we can simply add the word "LOVE," or we can add "Mr. & Mrs, Mr. & Mr., or Mrs. & Mrs," etc.
We can also add your name, initials, a couple's initials, company name, etc. If you're celebrating a birthday, we can set up the birthday number, such as 15, or XV, 16 or XVI, 21, 30, 40, 50, etc. This is also perfect for wedding anniversaries, too! Many people are going all out and celebrating baby's birthdays, as well, by renting 1, 2, 3, etc.
Adding these marquee letters are also great for amazing photos! Wow your guests and have one of a kind photos for your wedding or special event! For more info, visit our giant marquee letter rentals page, today! If you're looking for more 2019 trends, check out our wedding trends, photo booth trends, or quinceanera trends, articles, for great tips and info! Contact us, today, and let's celebrate something special, together!
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The new, 2019 photo booth trend is spreading like wildfire! We're now offering our "follower photo booth" for weddings, parties, quinceaneras and events in the Austin, San Antonio, and central Texas area! You may ask "ummm... what is a follower photo booth? Is your photo booth going to follow/stalk me?" :) We promise not to stalk you or your guests, but we will certainly walk around and follow the fun and capture the fun moments!
Problem: Long Photo Booth Rental Lines :( Solution: The Follower Photo Booth!
We know that the one drawback of the photo booth is that well, it's a booth area! It never fails, as soon as the photo booth opens, there's a long line of people, waiting to take their photos. Sure, you can easily wait in line, but sometimes there are hundreds of guests and the lines can get long. :( Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths is here to change that!
We're taking the booth, out of the photo booth! We've created our follower photo booth to get rid of the annoying lines! Who has time to wait in line? We want to help you take your fun photos, and get back to the party! We'll bring our follower photo booth to you! Here's how it works:
We know you may not want the hassle of carrying around your photo strips, or you may lose them, so this also eliminates that problem! We just love solving problems! :) You can still take as many photos as you want to, of course.
So now, no more waiting in long lines, no more photos in just one place, and much more fun, unique photos! We'll capture you and your guests on the dance floor, at the bar, at your table, outdoors, or wherever you'd like to take the pictures! Contact us, today, about our Austin/San Antonio photo booth rentals and ask us about our new follower photo booth! We look forward to hearing from you!
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As certified wedding/event planners, and owners of Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, Jason and his wife, Diana, help many people plan their weddings and Quinceaneras in the Austin and central Texas area, every year. Today, we're writing to discuss a few great tips to plan the perfect quince!
First, let's discuss the prominence of Quinces in the US. In the United States, the Latino population grew about 57% between 2000 and 2017 (according to the Pew Research Center). About 17% of teens are of Hispanic origin, today. This means about 1 in 6 teens will be turning 15, and many will be celebrating their Quinceanera, in 2019! Wow, that's a lot of teens!
Planning a Quinceanera, today, is very much like planning a wedding! There are so many details to consider, and the average Quinceanera is planned about 12-18 months before the actual date! Let’s discuss a few great tips, and how you can plan your perfect Quinceanera!
1. Determine Your Quinceanera Budget
As we mentioned before, Quinceaneras are a BIG DEAL! They take so much time to plan and there are so many details involved. There are numerous things to consider. The very first thing to consider before everything else is your budget. How much will you spend, total, for the Quince? If you’re looking for great ways to save, check out the Quinceanera.com Quince on a Budget page, for lots of great budgeting tips! They have tons of ways to help you save money and to help you in the planning process.
If you need an easy template to help you get organized, feel free to download our Quineanera Budget template, and simply input the items and costs for your quince. We've done the hard work for you! :) Just click the file, below, to download it!
2. Choose Your Quince Venue
After you've determined your budget, the next step is to choose the right venue for your Quince. You'll have to decide on how many guests you're inviting, before choosing your venue. Many quinces have well over 100 people. We've often seen 200 - 300 guests at some of the quinces we've done. How big you want your quince depends on your budget. Remember, the larger the venue, the more expensive it is, usually. You also have to consider feeding all of your guests. So inviting your tio's neighbor's neighbor, may not be the best idea. :)
If you want to invite everyone, but can't afford to feed everyone, consider scaling down your list. How? A basic rule of thumb that we tell our wedding and quince clients is this: If you haven't actually spoken to the person in any meaningful way in over a year, you can probably take them off of your list.
3. Find a Great Catering Company
Now that you've determined your budget and booked your venue, it's time to take care of the food! Do you want to serve appetizers? Do you want to serve a plated dinner, family style dinner, or a buffet? Buffet style is the cheapest option to feed a lot of people. Generally, your venue and food will usually take up most of your quince budget.
Always get 3-5 quotes for everything you need. Food, music, decor, etc. After you've received your quotes, find out what the food options are. If you really want to save money, consider getting food from a local restaurant, versus a catering company. Just be sure to ask if they offer catering. Be aware, that local restaurants will not always offer service staff, so you and your family/friends will have to all come together to help out with dinner, if you choose to hire a local restaurant.
If you want to save even more money, ask your family to help with the food and bring a dish. This is an easy way to save, if you need to. Be sure to check out the Mi Padrino site for a few helpful articles on how to save on catering costs.
4. Book Your Entertainment
The next important step to think about is your Quinceanera entertainment. Do you want to hire a band, or a DJ? Generally, bands cost more and they do take breaks, understandably. Bands won't always MC your quince ceremonies, either, but some do. As we stated above, be sure to get 3-5 quotes and find out what's included with the price. Many companies will offer a low introductory price, but have nothing included with the package, making you spend more to get things you may want, like dance floor lighting, uplighting, etc. By the way, we know some awesome Austin/San Antonio Quinceanera DJs, if you need a DJ! :)
Next, think about what other entertainment you'd like to offer. Many quinces are now adding a photo booth rental as part of their entertainment. Everyone loves taking selfies! Additionally, you can ask for social media uploading from your photo booth provider, and this will be great! Just ask everyone to use your hashtag, or location, for your Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat.
5. Choose a Quince Theme
Now that you've got the main parts of your quince at least booked, it's time to focus on one of the best parts, choosing a great Quinceanera theme! What theme are you looking for? A Disney theme has been very popular for 2018 and upcoming 2019 Quinceaneras. We've seen "Beauty and the Beast" Quinces, "The Little Mermaid" Quinces, "Frozen" Quinces, and many others! You don't have to have a theme, of course, but many love the idea!
Choosing a theme comes before choosing your Quinceanera dress, because you'll need to choose a color that goes with it. There are plenty of great places to choose a quinceanera dress. In California, one of the most popular places is Moda 2000. They have an online shop with tons of colors and styles to choose from. Looking online helps you save time, since you can narrow down your favorite styles and colors, before going to the shop.
In Texas, you can simply visit Mary's Bridal Store, for tons of great Quinceanera dress options, as well. Though they're located in the Houston, Texas area (Stafford, TX), you simply have to enter your zip code on their store locator site, to find stores closer to your area. There are many stores for you to be able to try on your dress.
After you select the perfect dress, you can then focus on decor. You can choose your matching colors for the table linen, add centerpieces, add uplighting, perhaps add a custom-made monogram with your name or quince logo, and much more!
Overall, these are the top 5 tips to help you get started on planning the perfect Quince! Of course there is a lot more to do in the months before your Quince, but these are the 5 things to do to ensure your Quince goes just the way you want it to. If you're too busy to plan the quince, consider hiring an event planner to help you along the way. Planners can be very helpful and take our all of the stress of planning. Your job will simply be to show up and have fun! If you're curious about new quince trends, check out our article, 2019 Quinceanera Trends, for lots of great info on the latest trends, new dress styles and colors, and more!
Also, an easy way to talk to all of your vendors for your quince, at once, is to attend the Austin/San Antonio Quince Expo, this February. Simply click the link for more details. A great thing about attending these expos is that vendors really want to book as many events as possible, that day, so you'll often be able to get great discounts! As always, contact us if you need any info and we'll be happy to help!
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2019 Quinceanera Trends
If you're planning a Quinceanera, Sweet 15 or Sweet 16 in the Austin, San Antonio, or central Texas area, or anywhere, then you have probably noticed that there is far less information available for Quince planning, than say, wedding planning. Fortunately, we're here to help!
As 2019 is just beginning, more and more, we're getting asked "what are some new, 2019 quinceanera trends that you're seeing?" Every year, we see different trends, and often, similar trends from the prior, but slight variations of the previous quince trends. As the leading provider of Austin and central Texas Quinceanera DJs and Austin photo booth rentals, (including sweet 15/16s, school dances, fundraisers and proms), we get to be a part of numerous Quinces & sweets, and we get to work with a lot of great teens! We also help many families plan their events. We already have several events booked for 2019 and we've seen some trends. Here are the top 3 trends we're seeing for 2019 (we also included some of the 2018 trends for reference).
1. New Quinceanera Dress Colors!
For most quinces and sweets, we usually see the more traditional pastel colors and lighter colors, like Pink, Tiffany Blue, Emerald Green and often Red. For 2018 events, we noticed changes to these traditional colors. More people broke the traditions and went with new, different colors! We saw more Burgundy theme colors really taking over! Darker colors definitely made their way into many quinces, in 2018. New dress colors are were trending, especially Rose Gold and Mariachi style Quince dresses! Here are some pictures below of those dresses. They'll still look great for your 2019 quince!
2019 Trend: Green Quinceanera Dresses
For 2019 quinces, these colors are changing, again! What we're seeing now, is newer, fresh colors. Green quinceanera dresses are making their way into 2019 quinces and sweets. There are different variations of the green dresses, such as a Mint Green dress, Turquoise, and even Lime Green dresses!
2019 Trends: Royal Blue Quinceanera Dress
Royal Blue quince dresses are also the new trend! Also, if you haven't noticed, quince dresses are also making their way to more than one night the quinceanera's life: Prom! As Austin's favorite school dance DJs, we provide prom DJs and photo booth rentals for many Austin and central Texas proms. We see many young ladies with similar dresses that look like they could be a quince dress, and well, why not? Who says you can't wear these dresses to prom? We love it! :)
Also, if your guests aren't sure about the quince attire, be sure to have them check out our article, what to wear to a quinceanera. Here are some of the Royal Blue dresses and of course, last year's trend, tied with this year's color, in the picture on the right.
2. Beauty and the Beast & Other Disney Themes
We also noticed that many Quinceaneras opted to have themes, paired with music from the theme. We did many Quinces with a Beauty and the Beast theme. Sometimes, the Chambelan de Honor (the Quinceanera's escort) even dressed up exactly like the beast, with a Beast mask/headpiece! It was awesome! We played most of the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, as well, for the different ceremonies.
Other Quinces are also discussing other Disney movie themes, like Cinderella, The Little Mermaid (the court is even dressing up as characters from the movie), and Frozen!
3. More Entertainment Options & Decor
We're noticing that more and more Quinces and sweets are choosing to go "all-out" and add as many options as they can. As we previously stated, Quinces and sweets are like weddings, but for 15 year olds, now. Most Quinces are planned 12-18 months in advance, and have many of the same options. From us, they'll now add a photo booth, uplighting, a personalized monogram, giant lighted marquee letter rentals, giant games, glow sticks and balloons, projector and screen (for slideshows and/or videos) and even now, Karaoke!
Additionally, many quinces will have limo service or a party bus, sparkler entrances/send-offs, and even choreographed father/daughter and now, mother/daughter dances, too! Things are changing for 2019 and we're excited!
Still have more questions? Be sure to contact us, today, and let's celebrate, together!
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